Is there a way that I can access some very old PDF files that are encrypted with a password I cannot remember any longer? I have a system running Mac OS X (Leopard), and I do need to do the decryption myself. [more inside]
2 used laptops: what to do with them? One will be new to me (from my wonderful girlfriend), one will be new to my grandma (from me) [more inside]
StupidVanityFilter: What can I do to prevent jowls? [more inside]
Resources for recreating the look and feel of 17th century books (their title pages specifically?) [more inside]
What preparations should I make for getting old? [more inside]
I'd like to get some Hi-8 videos into to my PC via a Sony Handycam using a video S cable through a Pinnacle DC10 plus card. [more inside]
When I was a child I was exposed to some very early anime. I remember fragments of it, but not what it was called, the plot or any reall relevant details. The general theme seemed to be that an evil...thing was trying to control the world. His primary henchman was a man whose power was to turn people into...mannequins seems to be the best fit. [more inside]
What do I get my Grandpa who can't do much anymore? [more inside]
How do I prevent an old video tape from sticking? [more inside]
My boyfriend has a coat he found at Salvation Army he just loves. However, it's dying from overuse. Help me find a new one for Christmas. [more inside]
My lovely gentleman friend and I are going to be in San Juan for New Year's Eve. Help us figure out where to shack up for the evening!
Where's the party at on New Year's Eve in San Juan? [more inside]
What are these reddish brown stains on the floor of my "vintage" apartment? [more inside]
What activities can I initiate with my substantially-deaf, substantially-blind grandfather? [more inside]
Two old movies: what were they? [more inside]
Our nearly 14 year old female lab mix has a huge lipoma on the side of her chest. It does not seem to bother her or interfere with her movement - although she does not like it to be touched - but this grapefruit sized tumor continues to grow, and is definitely a bit bigger now than it was at this time a year ago. Our vets want her opertated on immediately. They fear the lipoma will rupture. [more inside]
My husband and I are expecting our first child - we are older, fairly introverted, no extended family nearby, and most of our friends either have older, not-very-dependent children, or are childfree. We don't belong to a church or synagogue (and won't be joining one) and our neighborhood is secluded and full of older folks who we don't really interact with much. I have a very real fear that I will be isolated once I have this child and stay at home with it - a friend of mine said "don't expect to find a fun time at Gymboree - those mothers are bitches!" So there goes that. Has anyone else overcome their introvert tendencies once they reproduce? If at all possible, I want my baby to get out in the world more than I usually do. I'm intimidated by the hot young moms I see with their babies in slings around town - I don't think I would have much in common with them.
Can anyone identity the source of this saying? "The young die young that they may avoid corruption. The old live long that they may repent." [more inside]
Does anyone recognize what book this illustration is from? It looks pretty old. Hopefully in the public domain.
Please help me not be the next 40 year old virgin! [more inside]
I want to read a book set in blackletter. Not just for titles 8212; I want blackletter for the text. Unfortunately I don't read German, nor a Northern European language, and I want to really read it, not just look at it, so it has to be a book written in English or French. I'd prefer a book from the past two centuries. [more inside]
A friend of mine went to china and got me some cool nintendo DS hardware. In exchange, I told him I'd find some cool games for his daughter to play with. She's 10 year old. [more inside]
Recommend a birthday gift for 2-year-old twins, ships internationally and costs under $50... uh, please?
Recommend a birthday gift for 2-year-old twins, ships internationally and costs under $50... uh, please? [more inside]
Is in any way dangerous or unhealthy to drink very old/expired soda? [more inside]
Seeking safety data for old used cars. [more inside]
Weird thing I found. Any idea what it is? Possibly a coin or button or.... Has some bird on one side... the other side has a ??? [more inside]
How do I properly dispose of my computer? [more inside]
Sources for antique wood from old construction, like old crossbeams, etc? Or used/abused antique tables? [more inside]
Oh no! My Volvo 240 is going down the tubes due to a transmission that just decided to start clanking. I've decided its not worth the $1000-1700 to fix it, so I need to buy a different car relatively soon. I've never bought one before. How do I? [more inside]
How do I expose my 2 1/2 year old son to people who have handicaps, or chronic illnesses like CP or MS? [more inside]
I need some old-time footage of San Francisco in the 40s or 50s, and of Shanghai in the 20s. Anyone have any ideas of DVDs I could rent and rip some shots off of? [more inside]
I've noticed on some old turntables there's a kind of arm-like thing that can be put above the disk, and it's not the reading head, it's smaller and seems to have a spring... What is that for??
Mythbusting Question: can you help me find inspiration in the old west? [more inside]
Teaching an older blogger new tricks (or how to train a writer over 60 to make their posts sparkle) [more inside]
Older house thread: Most older houses have one tiny little bathroom and no real closets to speak of. Help me figure out how to rectify that! [more inside]
Where can I find a back issue of Life Magazine? [more inside]
I have accepted that if I wish to preserve my reproductive organs, I will need to acquire a long coat rather quickly. but what to look out for?
I have accepted that if I wish to preserve my reproductive organs, I will need to acquire a long coat rather quickly. but what to look out for? [more inside]
It was always my understanding that Numbers 5:11 in the Hebrew Bible refers to an abortive procedure. However... [more inside]
Good Old School Hip-Hop [more inside]
reggaefilter: Can someone identify the old reggae song excerpt at the beginning of the video of Rancid's Ruby Soho? [more inside]
My eyesight just isn't what it used to be. How do I force specific websites to show up with a larger font in Firefox? [more inside]
My place of employment sees a LOT of laptops come and go. Recently a PIII Dell Latitude L400 ultralight came through and was marked for surplus, but I want to use it for Ubuntu. One snag, though. [more inside]
I have an external firewire CD burner that I want to repurpose as an external firewire hard drive. [more inside]
I'm having trouble getting files off an ancient hard drive using an enclosure. Help! [more inside]
So I've been watching a bunch of older movies on VHS like Wait Until Dark (1963) and Sword in the Stone (1967). At the end when everything's black, right before it turns to the black and white noise, there's a sound of a phone dialing very quickly, or something similar. Anybody else ever noticed it? Out of curiosity, any ideas on what that is, how it happens, why it's there, or anything at all about it?
What to do with an old 35mm camera? [more inside]
Why would someone paint backwards signs onto the side of a building? [more inside]
Where can I find a Windows binary or installer for PHP 4.2.2? [more inside]
Name that "Yo MTV Raps"-era video. [more inside]
The recent stories about the difficulty our seniors have found in understanding the Medicare prescription benefit, coupled with continual reports of vehicular "issues" among the elderly, make me wonder about old people, and whether I will be just like them when I get there. [more inside]
I'm looking for photos taken of people at various points in their lives, showing the effects of age on their appearance. Where can I find these? [more inside]